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Craig T. Nelson stars as Steve Freeling, the main protagonist, who lives with his wife, Diane, and their three children, Dana, Robbie, and Carol Anne, in Southern California where he sells houses for the company that built the neighborhood. It starts with just a few odd occurrences, such as broken dishes and furniture moving around by itself. However, a tree comes alive and takes Robbie through his bedroom window, and Carol Anne is abducted by ghosts. Realizing that something evil haunts his home, Steve calls in a team of parapsychologists led by Dr. Lesh to investigate, hoping to get Carol Anne back, so he can remove his family from the house before it's too late.

  1. Steven Spielberg

    Screenplay, Story

  2. Mark Victor


  3. Michael Grais


  4. Tobe Hooper


Top Billed Cast

  1. JoBeth Williams

    JoBeth Williams

    Diane Freeling

  2. Craig T. Nelson

    Craig T. Nelson

    Steve Freeling

  3. Beatrice Straight

    Beatrice Straight

    Dr. Lesh

  4. Heather O'Rourke

    Heather O'Rourke

    Carol Anne Freeling

  5. Dominique Dunne

    Dominique Dunne

    Dana Freeling

  6. Oliver Robins

    Oliver Robins

    Robbie Freeling

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 54m

Budget $10,700,000.00

Revenue $122,200,000.00

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Release Information

  • October 29, 1982
    PG, Theatrical (limited)
  • June 4, 1982
    PG, Theatrical



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A review by Ted Fraraccio

By Ted Fraraccio

One of the biggest moments of my childhood was seeing Poltergeist for the first time at 7 years old. I saw it on a 4:3 set on a very old DVD in my parents' bedroom, after my mom had recently come home from the hospital after surgery. One night, my dad came home from the library with some DVDs, and one of them was Poltergeist. I popped it into the DVD player without hesitation as I'd wanted to see it since I was 5. I knew from the moment it started, Poltergeist was going to be a great movie, but little did I know it would become my favorite movie of all time, and I'd want to experience it... read the rest.

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